There are plenty of options in every category.

By Christie Calucchia
Updated April 02, 2020
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Online shopping, usually regarded as a luxury, has quickly become a reasonable means of survival as we all do our part to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. And with big-box retailers like Amazon and Walmart quickly selling out of cleaning supplies and prioritizing delivery of household essentials, you may have to get a bit creative when it comes to picking the best online retailers for what you need.

Luckily, there are plenty of places still offering delivery during this unprecedented time, and many are even introducing sales and free shipping initiatives to help people get what they need if they aren’t able to safely leave the house.

Whether you’re on the search for disinfectants, groceries, beauty products, comfortable shoes, games, or pet supplies, there’s an online retailer with the goods you’re looking for. If you’re not sure where to shop, keep scrolling for our guide to the best Amazon and Walmart alternatives, no matter what you’re hoping to purchase.

If you’re looking for food and alcohol:

Although it’s possible for most people to safely go grocery shopping right now, there are plenty of ways to get fresh produce, snacks, and even alcohol delivered if you don’t want to or can’t leave the house. For full meals, you can sign up for a meal subscription service like Hello Fresh, Home Chef, or Sun Basket that will deliver boxes of fresh food and easy-to-follow recipes on a regular cadence so you can cook at home. You can also order snacks and groceries from services like Hungryroot and bigger retailers like Target. Finally, you can have wine and alcohol sent to your door thanks to subscription wine clubs like Winc, Plonk Wine Club, Wine Access, and Firstleaf, as well as general alcohol delivery services, including Saucey and Minibar.

If you’re looking for cleaning products:

When you can’t find essential cleaning supplies at your go-to spots, turn to alternatives like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walgreens, The Home Depot, and CVS. They all deliver and offer everything from basic cleaning supplies to heavy-duty vacuum cleaners, vitamins, and more. Even unexpected places like Office Depot have a selection of helpful supplies. Of course, like all big retailers, they’re running low on certain in-demand products like wipes and disinfectants.

If you’re looking for beauty and personal care products:

When it comes to skincare and makeup, you can shop top brands from retailers like Nordstrom, Sephora, and Dermstore. For razors, shave cream, and hair removal essentials, turn to Target, Walgreens, and CVS. While you should be able to purchase feminine care products as usual from these chains, if you’re worried about a tampon shortage, this could be a great time to test out alternatives like Intimina’s compact menstrual cup.

If you’re looking for fashion:

If you’re able to continue online shopping as usual during this tumultuous time, you might as well take advantage of the many sales and free shipping options so many brands are offering right now. A few of our favorite places for clothes and shoes are Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cariuma, Carbon38, Spanx, Revolve, and Rag & Bone. They’ve got all of the comfy work-from-home essentials you need, plus super cute spring items you’ll want to wear just as soon as you can revisit all of your favorite spots.

If you’re looking for home decor:

Whether you’re looking for affordable home decor or unique items, there are so many amazing places to shop online to give your space a spring refresh. You may think of Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and H&M as clothing retailers, but all three are actually unexpectedly great places to get home decor and kitchen and bath basics. Cost Plus World Market, Wayfair, Target, Burrow, and West Elm are few of our other favorite online home retailers, especially if you’re looking for bigger furnishings. And if your bedding needs an update, check out cult-favorite direct-to-consumer brands Brooklinen and Parachute.

If you’re looking for entertainment:

Sure, you can stream content on Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and more platforms, but nothing beats old-school entertainment like puzzles, games, and crafts when you’re cooped up inside. Head to Nordstrom for fun items like this wine trivia game, or search for puzzles and classic board games on Target. And if you’re interested in crafts, you can shop for supplies and kits on Etsy, like this paint by number set. There’s also Wool and the Gang, a brand that helps you knit or crochet your own clothes and accessories with simple provided instructions. (How cute is this bralette?).

If you’re looking for pet supplies:

To keep your pet fed, busy, and prepared for walks, you can shop for pet essentials online. Nordstrom is stocked with stylish pet accessories from brands like Wild One, and Chewy has everything from pet food to toys. You can also order high-quality meals for your pup online from Just Food for Dogs.